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  • Directors: Yasujiro Ozu
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 316 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006B7S2I8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,310 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE OZU COLLECTION
THE STUDENT COMEDIES (2 DVD)
Films by Yasujiro Ozu

Master Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story) has been revered all over the world for the unique and poetic style of his films. This 2-disc set brings together all of his surviving early student-genre comedies for the first time

Disc 1: DAYS OF YOUTH (Wakaki Hi): Ozu's earliest surviving film follows Watanabe and Yamamoto as they unknowingly compete for the same girl.

I FLUNKED, BUT... (Rakudai Wa Shita Keredo): Takahashi finds a creative way to avoid doing his revision in this roguish comedy reminiscent of Harold Lloyd's The Freshman

Japan | 1929 - 1930 | black and white | silent, Japanese intertitles with English subtitles | DVD9 | 99 minutes + 63 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

Disc 2: THE LADY AND THE BEARD (Shukujo to Hige): Graduate Okajima finds his old-fashioned beard makes life difficult in a comedy exploring the tension between tradition and modernity

WHERE NOW ARE THE DREAMS OF YOUTH (Sieshun No Yume Ima Izuko): Ozu's long-term collaborator Kogo Noda scripts a subtle shift from light to dark as Hirano's carefree college life is marred by tragedy

Japan | 1931 - 1932 | black and white | silent, Japanese intertitles with English subtitles | DVD9 | 72 minutes + 82 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

Special Features

  • I Graduated, But... (Yasujiro Ozu, 1929, 11 minutes): surviving fragment of Ozu's early student comedy about a recent graduate struggling to find a job
  • Newly-commissioned scores for all films by Ed Hughes featuring The Camilleri Trio and Richard Casey (Dolby Digital stereo 320kbps)
  • Ozu: Emotion and Poetry (2011, 20 minutes): Tony Rayns discusses Ozu s early work and influences
  • Illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays from Asian cinema experts Tony Rayns and Alexander Jacoby

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ténès on 3 Mar. 2014
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Four films, all silent, one from 1929, and the other three from the early 1930s, these are valuable records of Japan as it looked back in these days, when Western encroachment was already evident, and is subtly evidenced by Ozu here, against the background of Japanese student life, in and out of college.
It can be a bit tedious, alas, in parts, as the quality of the film, is variable, and this affects the clarity of the sub-titles at times ; moreover, the progress of the action can be at times very slow, unnecessarily so.
Best viewed just one film at a time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janine Dawson on 14 April 2014
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I highly recommend Ozu's early silent movies to anyone who likes film, especially Japanese film. Ozu has a a beautiful observation of everyday-ness, it's a lovely window into pre-war Japan. Gentle comedy and a sweet humanity. This DVD arrived on my doorstep much sooner than I expected, prompt and well packaged. Good service.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Universal Mind on 11 Aug. 2012
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These pictures are called "Student Comedies" but often treat students searching for a job or dealing with their first sentimental problems, the tone is not always funny as there also are melodramatic situations (The Lady and The Beard). We find a different kind of Ozu cinema from what we know, based on slapstick and visual gags. Some elements of Ozu's mature style are to be seen in the last movie in the series "Where Are the Dreams of Youth" , where the hero has to face his father's death and the direction of the family business.
The movies, despite their age, are light and funny and have a kind of freshness that is not expected, due to the style of Ozu, who manages to infuse his characters with a dose of humanity that makes them close to us and someone with whom to identify.
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Very enjoyable silent b/w-films from the 1930's, the humour of which is still of current interest
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